mervis50

mervis50

Lives in Canada Calgary, Canada
Works as a Surveyor
Joined on Jul 29, 2009
About me:

Travel and shoot.

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On Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography article (112 comments in total)

Disappointed that the call for contributions wasn't announced on the main page. Oh well...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 19:35 UTC as 22nd comment
On Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography article (112 comments in total)
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Charles Pike: One thing about street photography, no two shots are just alike. You have frozen a moment of time, and it really takes nerve to go out and shoot images on the street.
www.photosbypike.com

www.ncstreetphotographer.com

I disagree. One doesn't need to be fearless or brave. One only needs to be open and respectful and look as if you are taking your photography seriously. Don't get in anyone's face, maintain an objective distance; don't cause someone embarrassment or try to exploit misery.

I've shot street photos all over Mexico, Guatemala and SE Asia, as well as in many cities and towns in my own country of Canada. Push back and confrontation have been rare. If someone indicates discomfort or disapproval, I turn away, look for a different scene. The most serious incident I've had was in rural Chiapas in southern Mexico and didn't even involve people as subject matter. I was on a highway trying to shoot a picturesque tableau of goats on a hillside against a mountain backdrop in misty light. A woman came out of a distant farmhouse and walked right up gesturing and yelling. She then tried to grab my camera. I skedaddled before things got worse.

Smile, nod, show your work. People are mostly friendly.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 19:31 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography article (112 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Certainly none of these pictures need more than 6MP to shine... Nowadays any decent smartphone will do.

Maybe this is the real birth of photography? A type of art only available in the past to a few with big pockets...

Hmmm, interesting. I like it!

<i>Nowadays any decent smartphone will do.</i>

However handy and ubiquitous phone cameras are, they are extremely limited as picture-taking devices.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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mgatov: I don't understand all this negativity towards the D750. It looks like a wonderful mid-range FF camera. It is an evolutionary product. Kudos to Nikon!

Bitchers gotta bitch.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
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ZoranHR: I m not saying my photos are better,but in my eyes this is not stunning.

Agree. Some just average but clever. Too many overprocessed (saturation/sharpness/HDR). Couple of good ones, though.

I've seen better work in the DPR Challenge section.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 17:20 UTC
On ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review article (69 comments in total)

Doesn't look very "carry-on-friendly" with that tripod hanging out there.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 20:43 UTC as 30th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (611 comments in total)
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andywhoa: I love how all the comments here are OM-D users squirming. Why do you care how the X-T1 is reviewed? An internet review of another camera doesn't affect your images. I suspect it makes you regret your decision, so you're lashing out.

That's not what he said.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 16:07 UTC
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mervis50: Without getting into specs or what Canon should or shouldn't be doing, I know for myself I would much rather shoot with a more traditional form factor such as these models. A proper handle for one-handed shooting, a big eyepiece and cup to brace against the face, leaving the other hand free to work the controls.

Even with the best capabilities a video camera that's built like a stills camera is just not ergonomically sound.

From Dictionary.com

sound

3. competent, sensible, or valid: sound judgment.

Or maybe I was talking about measuring the depth of water. : )

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 23:02 UTC

Without getting into specs or what Canon should or shouldn't be doing, I know for myself I would much rather shoot with a more traditional form factor such as these models. A proper handle for one-handed shooting, a big eyepiece and cup to brace against the face, leaving the other hand free to work the controls.

Even with the best capabilities a video camera that's built like a stills camera is just not ergonomically sound.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 16:28 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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Rick DeBari: These are release candidates and NOT final versions! Personally I will wait until the final versions are released. It most likely will only be a few weeks until this happens.

I found the RCs for LR v3 & v4 a little buggy. My new policy is to wait for the final versions

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 23:59 UTC
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Frederico70x7: So am I forced to upgrade from LR v4 to v5?

No. You can do whatever you like.

People who want to work with Fujifilm's Film Simulations in Raw format can choose to purchase Lightroom 5.4 when it is released.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
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Lee W: What about LR?

Agree with Conrad. I had RC's for both v3 & v4.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 23:48 UTC
On Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery article (150 comments in total)
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fisherman_lol: Good for Canikon, bad for Pentax. Good job DPR as usual.

OK, then. My bad. : )

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 03:49 UTC
On Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery article (150 comments in total)
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fisherman_lol: Good for Canikon, bad for Pentax. Good job DPR as usual.

You really think you can discern anything from random jpeg files displayed on a web browser? DPR's carelessly executed photographs are in no way indicative of any camera's true capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 15:59 UTC
On Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery article (150 comments in total)
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RStyga: What is the point of this exercise? Even a compact camera can produce similar quality snapshots. Where is the description of settings for each photo... and where are the RAW shots?

Agree. DPR sample galleries are pretty much useless.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 15:42 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2816 comments in total)

I wanted to like it and it will probably take lovely pictures,

but...

...I'm surprised Nikon could be so design-clueless as to let this plug-ugly thing out the door.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:24 UTC as 1019th comment

If people could just resist sending in free content to media websites, but that's never gonna happen.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 18:14 UTC as 107th comment | 2 replies
On Preview:nikon-coolpix-a (442 comments in total)
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mervis50: If it was 7 or 8 hundred dollars maybe....

Which it will be soon enough.

And if the viewfinder was a hundred....

Wait, scratch that. It has a viewfinder already. The LCD. Why would I want to press this tiny thing up to my face when I don't need to?

Anyway, good for Nikon. It's a start.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 13:28 UTC
On Preview:nikon-coolpix-a (442 comments in total)

If it was 7 or 8 hundred dollars maybe....

Which it will be soon enough.

And if the viewfinder was a hundred....

Wait, scratch that. It has a viewfinder already. The LCD. Why would I want to press this tiny thing up to my face when I don't need to?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 13:27 UTC as 128th comment | 2 replies
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Zvonimir Tosic: One nice proof that photography community today is led largely by very conservative, unimaginative reviewers, who already have "a clear idea" how camera should look like before it's even made.
Even from the point of exploration of different and unconventional mirrorless design possibilities, K-01 was a good exercise because it does fit many people who tried it. And it was a risk, that has paid itself off. Understanding from the Photokina interview, the K-01 was yearning some profit for Pentax.
Those who ignored reviewers and listened to their own common sense, as every self-respectful person today should do, have in fact discovered something of great value.

Right on, Zvomimir.

The internet hive-mind came crashing down on this camera even before nearly anyone had even handled it. As an owner, I wouldn't say that it's terribly different from other 2012 offerings. Except for its playful looks, it's basically a good camera with average AF and excellent image quality. A decent price and affinity with the whole line of Pentax lenses made it a winner in my books.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 14:24 UTC
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